[Marxism] Scott Lucas on the slanders against White Helmets

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Jun 21 04:51:07 MDT 2016

#Syria: Debunking the "White Helmets = Al Qa'eda" Smear
Since my initial post on May 10 summarizing & debunking the "White 
Helmets = Al Qa'eda" smear, Assad supporters have replied --- mostly 
with ranting and with little new "evidence". So this is an extension of 
the original 14 points further taking apart the allegations, 
distortions, and propaganda:

1. Since pro-#Assad folks rehashing "White Helmets = Al Qa'eda" smear, 
here's sum & debunking of "evidence" | #Syria . at SyriaCivilDef

2. Vid fm 2015 where 2 rescuers called out to retrieve body & found 
Jabhat al-Nusra execution in progress - They could not halt it.

3. They retrieved body so it could be buried properly --- as White 
Helmets said at time.

4. Replies by Assad supporters distort but have no evidence to rebut this.

5. Vid of 1 case (#Idlib 2015) where 2 rescuers celebrated near 
fighters, some of whom were Nusra

6. Later Facebook pics of 1 of these 2 men, posing with gun and 
appearing to be a fighter - Not established that he is White Helmets & 
fighter at same time

7. Replies by Assad supporters only add that this man, Muawiya Hassan 
Agha, was in video this week of two Khan Tuman POWs being abused --- 
They were later executed

8. No connection between White Helmets and the abuse is established --- 
Agha is not in WH role and appears to be there as fighter

9. Photo where a rescuer is carrying a gun --- No context has ever 
established, and this is only case

10. Vid of an old rescuer praising fighters (but not specifically Nusra) 
- Replies from Assad supporters offer nothing else

11. Only other "new" evidence in replies is photo of White Helmets 
burning cannabis which has apparently been confiscated by local 
authorities and ordered to be destroyed

12. This is part of burning of refuse but is converted by Assad 
supporters into White Helmets as "agents of Sharia court".

13. This is the sum total of all evidence produced for "White Helmets = 
Al Qa'eda".

13. Remainder of Assad's supporters' case are unsupported allegations, 
ad hominem attacks, and diversions.

14. For example, video posted to one man's FB page (see 7 above) becomes 
"Video posted to WH page of the brutal execution of SAA [Syrian Arab Army]"

15. Or hyperbolic question, "Are AQ recruiting WH or WH recruting AQ?"

16. Or unsupported accusation, "No mention of their desecration of SAA 

17. Or "Calling for the burning of [regime enclaves of] #Kafarya and #Foua"

18. Or "All WH operatives only follow ISIS or Al Qaeda on Twitter"

19. Then there is shout of "$60m funding from UK & US Govts for 

20. This can easily be taken apart, but it is diversion from the topic 
"White Helmets = Al Qa'eda"

21. Still, it is revealing - Logic of Assad supporters is that US is 
deliberately supporting an Al-Qa'eda-linked group, even though Al Qa'eda 
is enemy of US

22. In short: ONLY evidence for systematic "White Helmets = Al Qa'eda" 
is a photo of a man with a gun with no context and another man (who may 
have left WH some time time ago) in a video with 2 Syrian Army POWs 
being mistreated. That's it.

23. Even if these two cases were granted, what of the 100s of other 
rescuers who have saved 10,000s of lives? Are they all Al Qa'eda?

24. This is a recurring smear. Its intent is to justify the attacks on 
White Helmets rescuers, including the missile strikes that killed five 
of them near Aleppo in late April.

25. Attention should be given to this smear precisely to repeat its 
purpose --- and to contrast it with the overwhelming evidence of the 
White Helmets as savers of life even as their own lives are threatened 
by bombs --- and by the propagandists who defend the bombers.

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